Installing Ghost + Node.js on Your DV Developer

Over the past few months, we’ve heard some significant buzz around a new blogging platform called Ghost. From the conceptual blog post by John O’Nolan to the overwhelmingly successful Kickstarter campaign (in which it raised $100,000 in the first 48 hours), Ghost has been on a tear. We’ve had a chance to play around with Ghost and wanted to showcase how simple it is to get started.

To begin, we’ll be using a newly provisioned DV Developer running Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) with Node.js. Node.js is a modern platform for building fast, scalable and efficient web applications. Because it uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model, Node.js is perfect for data-intensive real-time applications.

If you haven’t already, take a look at our KnowledgeBase article on installing Node.js before moving on.

Once you’ve got Node.js installed, you can download the Ghost package into your working directory:

Note: Please visit the download section of the Ghost website to ensure you are downloading the most recent, stable version.

Now, unzip the Ghost package and install the application dependencies using npm:

# unzip ghost-0.3.3.zip

npm install --production

When npm is finished installing the required packages, make a copy of the configuration file:

# cp config.example.js config.js

Open the config.js file using your favorite text editor and modify the production section to use the IP address of your DV Developer. You can find this information in the Server Guide of the AccountCenter. The end result should look like this:

host: '[DV Developer IP address]',
port: '80'

Save the file and start the server:

# npm start --production

ghost@0.3.3 start /var/www/ghost
node index
Ghost is running...
Your blog is now available on http://my-ghost-blog.com
Ctrl+C to shut down

Ghost should now be running on your DV Developer IP address. To configure the administrative user, go the following URL and complete the setup:

http://[DV Developer IP address]/ghost

That’s it! If you run into trouble, be sure to check out the official documentation and comprehensive guides at http://docs.ghost.org/. Happy blogging!

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